Degrees with Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations (2017-2)

Janet K. Holt, Bradford R. White, and Sarah K. Terrell

This study identifies five higher education institutions that were serving first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students by helping them to advance to graduation with less debt. From qualitative interviews with administrators and students, this report emphasizes the strategies and practices these institutions were employing to support underrepresented students to graduation. More


Illinois’ Early Childhood Innovation Zones: A New Model for State Policy? (2017-1)

Bradford R. White, Carol E. Colaninno, Mimi Doll, and Holly Lewandowski

This study summarizes efforts made by Illinois Action for Children to encourage experimentation with new systemic change strategies to increase the number of Illinois’ most vulnerable children enrolled in high quality early learning programs. More


Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016)

Stephanie A. Bernoteit, Johnna C. Darragh Ernst, and Nancy I. Latham (Eds)

Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation is jointly published by the IERC and IBHE, and highlights the accomplished work of many of our state’s two- and four-year faculty to redesign early childhood educator preparation programs to meet regional and state workforce needs. More


Innovations for High Quality, Aligned Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016-3)

Bradford R. White, Debra Mayconich Baron, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Daniel Q. Duffy

This qualitative implementation study provides a systematic review of the innovations and strategies EPPI grant recipients utilized in addressing common barriers and practice-oriented issues experienced in early childhood educator preparation. More


Navigating the Shift to Intensive Principal Preparation in Illinois: An In-depth Look at Stakeholder Perspectives (2016-2)

Bradford R. White, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Holly Hart, Brenda K. Klostermann, Michelle Hanh Huynh, Mary Frazier-Meyers, and Janet K. Holt

The report summarizes findings from a two-year study of Illinois’ principal preparation redesign efforts. More


Laboratories of Reform? Human Resource Management Strategies in Illinois Charter Schools (2016-1)

Bradford R. White

This study examines human resource management strategies used in Illinois charter schools. The report describes how these schools recruit, develop, and retain teachers, and explores the relationships between HR practices and school outcomes, including teacher retention, school climate, and student achievement. More